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Links to IDEA Legislative Information

President Bush signed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act into law on December 3, 2004. Click here for The New IDEA: A Summary of Significant Reforms.

Download the final text of IDEA 2004, P.L. 108-446.

Read the Bipartisan House-Senate Conference Committee Report and other Committee summaries: http://edworkforce.house.gov/issues/108th/education/idea/idea.htm

Summary of the New IDEA by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Analysis of Changes Made by P.L. 108-446.

Download the IDEA User's Guide, developed by the Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities Education Task Force.

Legislative History

The Senate Bill: S. 1248

On May 13, 2004, the Senate passed its final version of IDEA reform legislation. A handful of amendments were debated, as outlined in NASP Legislative Update, May 14, 2004:

The final version of the Senate bill, S. 1248 (technically renumbered H.R. 1350 but still an entirely different piece of legislation) can be downloaded in PDF here.

On November 3, 2003, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the final version of the Committee bill and its report to accompany S. 1248, the Individuals With Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2003. Click here to read Senate report 108-185.

The House Bill: H.R. 1350

The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of IDEA reauthorization on April 30, 2003, the Improving Education Results for Children with Disabilities Act of 2003. The full 135 pages can also be viewed and printed here in PDF (note: file may take some time to download).

House Committee Report 108-77 explains the various changes the House Committee makes from current law and offers guidance to the Department of Education in developing regulations and implementing the reauthorized IDEA.

Other relevant House Committee information, including summaries and press releases, go to:

Additional Legislative Analysis

Legislative Changes in the Evaluation of Learning Disabilities

Read a Side-by-Side Comparison on Evaluations and Eligibility Determinations provisions in IDEA 97, H.R. 1350, and S. 1248.

Read a Side-by-Side comparison of the Personnel Standards language from current law as compared to the House and Senate bills.

Read Side-by-Side of other NASP issues of concern.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The New IDEA: CEC's Summary of Significant Issues

To read CEC's conference recommendations, go to:

National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)

Fact Sheet on IDEA Reauthorization: Implications for Ongoing Advocacy (PDF): http://www.nasponline.org/advocacy/IDEA%20Timeline%20Fact%20sheet.pdf.